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    Threads driving me crazy

    When piecing or quilting all day, the little pieces of threads that accumulate on my clothes are driving me crazy. I won't mention walking through the house for something and the numerous times I've picked up threads off the carpet, or having to answer the door covered with thread. Sure I have one of those sticky rollers for lint etc that I try to use often, but it's not enough. Thinking about taking an old plastic flannel backed table cloth and making a bib apron from it to catch the threads.....maybe even put one on the floor under my machine. Would you do this, or am I suddenly getting excessive in my old age??

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    I'm having the same problem. I wear a couple of zippered sweatshirt things for warmth and comfort and one of them is a magnet! I have to pull each one off. The washer and dryer do nothing.
    Your idea is hilarious! I probably will just pick and complain but you should go for it!

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    Same problem - the hardwood floors are fine because I can sweep them easily, but the area rugs are a real pain to vacuum. And don't get me started on my sofa - the fabric seems like a terry cloth and nothing gets the threads off that. I've taken to covering it with a sheet. Good thing the only person who comes over is my daughter and she has her own issues with dog hair.
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    I have one of the weighted pin cushions with a thread bag that sits on the end of my sewing table on the right. All my clipped threads go in it as I cut them off. It really helps and it doesn't take long to get into the habit of using it.

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    Maybe if you go outside with your blowdryer you can get your clothes clean.

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    As a friend once observed, "We come with strings attached". I would rather deal with the strings than the fine belly hair left by kitty. I buy the sticky rollers by the carton. Like a mechanic with grease embedded in his hands, it goes with the territory.

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    I have small plastic containers on each of my machines for clipping ends. It does keep it a little under control but the area rug is a magnet. The lap cover is not a bad idea. I wove one for spinning, it is dark on one side and light on the other. When I sit at the wheel and spin if the fiber is dark, I use the light side and vice versa. Fibers are as bad as threads
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    Lint brush... one of my favorite 'notions'. I keep one on my sewing table and roll myself before I leave the room.
    It helps a lot and keeps me from embarrassing myself if I jump in the car to run a quick errand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bungalow59 View Post
    Lint brush... one of my favorite 'notions'. I keep one on my sewing table and roll myself before I leave the room.
    It helps a lot and keeps me from embarrassing myself if I jump in the car to run a quick errand.
    I need to do this, recently went to Target and realized when I was there that my favorite sweater had threads ALL over it lol

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    I use a thread cup also. I keep a roll of wide masking tape and take a long strip of that and use it to pounce up and down on the carpet to quickly get the strays.

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    I set my sewing machine on a microfiber cloth. All the thread attach there. (there is no cleaning that cloth, I just rotate it, and flip it, until it is totally covered with threads, and then get a new one.)

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    I really don't have a problem, but I do so much chain sewing that I don't have many threads. The only thing the washer and dryer can't handle is a microfiber dishcloth. I wonder if one would be better for thread removal than a lint roller. When I was using lint rollers on my pants when I was working, the dog hair clogged them so quickly. There are some loose threads on my design wall. I will try a microfiber cloth and let you know.

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    This brush will take thread and pet hair off anything. I was skeptical but it works.
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    Mine gets mixed in with the dog hair on my shirt! Seriously, using Guterman's polyester avoids the problem for me. I also have a "cat food" can beside my machine and pick up threads as I sew.
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    When people ask me what my clothing style is, I answer "dog hair and thread". LOL
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    I wear jeans & knit shirts when I sew. The threads don't stick to them too bad. I like the idea of making an apron of a tablecloth so that the threads shed off. That would be cute with some type of binding around it and wouldn't be hard to make. I wear an all cotton apron when I cook with good clothes on. I don't know why that wouldn't work for sewing.
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    I made and wear Janet Clare’s Artisan apron, there are lots of patterns on Pinterest for similar styles and it keeps my clothes clear of thread most of the time

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    About stray pieces of thread: I just tell people, "I come with strings attached."

    We purchased an under-desk mat for under the table where I quilt. It's a hard surface, flat, so easy to clean up.

    I use a bristle brush, also known as toilet cleaning brush - that has never seen a toilet - to "scratch up" threads from the rug. It works.
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    I wear demon jeans & shirt for some reason threads do not stick to these. If I wear a sweater it's a thread magnet.

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    Cat hair and thread is a fashion accessory in my house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bungalow59 View Post
    It helps a lot and keeps me from embarrassing myself if I jump in the car to run a quick errand.
    LOL! You're going to have to explain this to me, because I am a seriously scandalous person when it comes to being presentable. During gardening season, if I'm working in the garden and need something from home depot, I just jump on my bike and go get it. Mud and all. I think it helps that I am short and buxom, so most of the dirt I accumulate is under the equator (my bustline) and therefore invisible to me, lol. I'm sure its the same with thread.

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    I was at a workshop with an Handi Quilter educator in the fall, she wore a bib apron, She said most threads and lint would stick to it, plus it had pockets for tools etc.

    Me, I have 5 pets, a few loose threads are not going to make any difference. I do not have carpets in my home, so cleaning them is not an issue.

    I do notice that some fabrics, denim as mentioned and Ponte knits do not attract thread and lint as much as other fabrics. Wool sweaters are the worse.
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    I was in my LQS the other day and noticed we all had strings attached! I wear them proudly and I do sweep my floors a lot! Lol
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    Tartan....I do have a thread catcher on my sewing desk, trash can underneath the desk and lint rollers on the cutting table....sometimes I make little piles of threads and then throw them away making sure they hit the can. So why am I always covered with threads??? I swear, they multiply faster than rabbits!!

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    Like others, my threads are camouflaged by the dog hair from two Goldens. But seriously, the only time I am cautious about leaving the house without either one is if I'm going to a restaurant, volunteering at the hospital or going to church. Other destinations have to take me as I am.

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